and you cannot imagine all the places you’ll see Jesus //
but you’ll find Him everywhere you thought He wasn’t supposed to go
Nichole Nordeman

There are rocks everywhere, Rob Bell is fond of saying. Sometimes the things I think I’m stumbling over on the path end up being the very things that ping me, make me feel alive, and cause me to see my world differently. This is a list of some of that stuff—books, movies, songs, articles, podcasts, whatever—and it’s not organized, because the beauty in the organic is part of what pings me. Drop me a note and let me know what pings you.

Love Does, a book about loving everybody always, by Bob Goff
The Green Fields of France, a ballad, performed by the Dropkick Murphys
The Shack, a story that will make you think, by Wm. Paul Young
Creativity, Inc., a book that explains why Pixar does what it does so well, by Ed Catmull
Little Boxes, a song by Malvina Reynolds
Adm. William H. McRaven’s commencement speech about changing the world
The Sting, a classic
One Against the Wind, a film about helping people
Chasing the Scream, the only book that’s ever made me cry, by Johann Hari
Johann Hari’s TED talk, if you want the 15-minute summary of the book
Black Like Me, a book about being black by John Howard Griffin, a white guy who became black
Toy Story 3, a picture of the gospel
Love Wins, a book about heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived, by Rob Bell
Singing in the Rain, a happy song, by Simple Plan
On Writing, a book whose title explains the content, by Stephen King
A poem about speaking with conviction, by Taylor Mali
The Mysterious Island, Jules Verne’s best, in my opinion
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, a small but powerful volume, by James Hilton
To Kill A Mockingbird, the story of how Jem broke his arm, by Harper Lee
Be Here Long, by NEEDTOBREATHE
Brand: New, a sermon series by Andy Stanley that will make you better at life
Who Needs God, another sermon series by Andy Stanley that will make you think
Dear Me, a song about giving grace as we grow, by Nichole Nordeman
Be Not Typical, a spoken word poem written and produced by some of my favorite people ever
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel—but really, anything by Virginia Lee Burton
The Fantastic Flying Book of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce, a picture book about books
The Hundred-Foot Journey, kind of like the live-action version of Ratatouille
The King’s Speech
, a film about friendship
The Bible Tells Me So, in which Peter Enns explores why maybe the Bible doesn’t tell us so
Firefly, the show regrettably canceled after a single season
Doctor Who, the show still running strong after fifty years
101010, a song about the color of God’s eyes, by Sleeping at Last
Rob Bell’s conversation with Pete Rollins about love
Daring Greatly, a book about showing up, by Brené Brown
This Target employee’s summary of his first week
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojiechowski, one of the few books that the movie actually does justice to
The Scarlet and the Black, a film about love and compassion
Megamind, because every hero needs a villain to fight
Drops Like Stars, a presentation by Rob Bell about seeing the world differently
The Holstee Manifesto, a reminder to do what you love, and do it often
99 Red Balloons, a haunting cover, by Sleeping At Last
The Love of God, a reminder of the reckless, raging fury of God’s love, by Rich Mullins